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Supplier Quality Engineer

Company: GKN Automotive
Location: Newton
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:


United States

Work Location:



North Carolina

Advertising End Date:

30 Jun 2021

Job Type:


About The Opportunity

This position is responsible to secure that only conforming product will be used on our production lines and will provide leadership and direction from a plant perspective to all suppliers ensuring compliance to GKN's Supplier Standards as well as Automotive Industry Standards.

The Senior Supplier Quality Engineer demonstrates a strong quality systems acumen and possesses technical and analytical aptitude, high energy and the passion to be challenged in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.

This is a unique opportunity to collaborate and strategically partner across a global, matrixed organization, sharing and learning best practices to continuously improve our processes and service levels.

Key Responsibilities

  • As project leader, secure implementation of "proactive next steps and deliverables" as outlined in the "SQ walk" to achieve the purchasing contribution towards our NRFT reduction targets.

Manage the supplier Concern and Complaint Management (CCM) process by opening complaints, creating executive one-pagers, sending detailed information to suppliers and CSQs and, implementing containment actions in the plant (after validation with the CSQ responsible for the supplier).

  • Address non-conforming product quality issues, found through incoming inspection or lineside:

Understand how the QE has validated the claim being attributable to a supplier defect (likely root cause) and that our process variation has no impact.

Initiate a containment for the agreed parts population with QE approved sort criteria.

Arrange for suppliers to order sorts directly with GKN authorized sorting companies.

Recommend adjustments to scope and priorities for incoming inspection checks (SAP quality module) to reflect new parts, prior supplier history, current or repeat complaints.

* Develop a standard reporting that provides transparency to the timely 8D closure status (via CSQs) in our efforts to avoid repeat supplier quality issues. For sub-contracted and local suppliers, handle the full implementation and follow up of A3/8D steps

  • Support any GKN production line activities related to APQP, PPAP and PTRS as well as IATF 16949 related plant audits.

  • Responsible for communicating when there is an issue affecting the Environment, Health, Safety or Quality to his / her respective Manager.

  • Leads other supplier quality engineers or supplier quality technicians across plants and shifts.

  • Key Supplier Quality contact for the Operations Director, attends daily plant production meetings and provides weekly SSC updates on supplier quality and chargeback status.

  • Supports new program launches for NWT as Supplier Quality Program Coordinator:

  • Coordinates responses from CSQs for QA matrix activities.

Communicates and follows up on all QA matrix related SQ activities/ tasks (from prototypes to mass production) with CSQs (including tech. reviews/ audits, APQP management) and Program Buyer/Program Procurement Leader.

Ensures respective Program Procurement Leader has summary of SQ updates for "Green Team" meetings as they represent SQ in such meetings.

Supports and coordinates PLQR & PSSO audits.

Supports lessons learnt and cross functional reviews.

SQ contact in IPM for SQ related activities

Resolves any communication issues/ escalations with CSQs in other regions if no regional CSQ exists for certain sub-commodities.

Host top focus supplier escalations for NWT, priority driven by number of complaints or singular high impact incidents.

  • Establish a regular exchange platform with other GKN plants SQAs, both ePowertrain and Driveline on Lessons Learnt and possible synergies.

  • Comply with departmental standards, policies and procedures.

  • Adheres to administrative requirements regarding OSHA, ISO/TS 16949, and ISO 14001.

  • Carries out special projects as assigned by management.


Bachelor degree in Engineering, Science, Technology or equivalent

5 plus years as a Supplier Quality Engineer in Automotive Manufacturing


  • Experience and knowledge in metallurgy, forging or machined casting is strongly desired
  • Interpretation of drawings and technical specifications (including GD&T) is strongly desired
  • Bearing manufacturing knowledge and experience
  • Experience with quality processes such as FMEA and PFMEA
  • Experience/training with IATF 16949 or ISO systems
  • Lean Principles, Continuous Improvement, or Six Sigma training
  • Supplier or Purchasing environment experience


  • Is self-aware and aware of others. Recognises what people need and responds flexibly.
  • Is positive and proactive; Self-motivated and able to motivate others.
  • Values continuous learning and growth; Learns from mistakes and identifies opportunities.
  • Takes ownership of actions, performance, and ways of working. Has personal credibility and impact.
  • Does the right thing and is constantly looks for better ways to do things. Challenges assumptions and looks for evidence.
  • Develops personal objectives that align to company goals. Has clear purpose and CI plan linked to vision.
  • Develops performance and provides feedback; mentors and influences others.
  • Supports team through changes, ensuring two way communications.
  • Constantly develops own performance, focusing on speed, efficiency, and effective execution. Focused on continuous improvement and problem solving

About Us

GKN Automotive is the world's largest supplier of driveline technologies to the automotive industry. Our engineering puts driveline innovation into series production. Our systems integration expertise and software calibration capabilities make us a strong and trusted partner for electrification, all-wheel drive programs and new vehicle concepts.

Our global network of production and engineering centres gives the company a presence in 21 countries. Its 54 manufacturing facilities and 5 technology centres are strategically located to ensure customers benefit from local supply chains and world-class technical support.

With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world's automotive manufacturers.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: GKN Automotive, Newton , Supplier Quality Engineer, Other , Newton, Massachusetts

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